GREENVILLE, S.C. — Freshman Will Bednarz shot a one-under 71 in the second round of the Furman Intercollegiate to lead Dartmouth as the Big Green had another solid day on the course, carding a 289 (+1) to finish the day in a tie for seventh in the strong 21-team field.
The 17th-ranked Clemson Tigers took command of the tournament by shooting a 276 (-12) today as each of their players came in under par in the round. After two rounds, Clemson has an 11-stroke lead over 18th-ranked USC Aiken while Chattanooga and first-round leader Georgia Southern are 13 strokes back with a seven-under 569.
All of the Dartmouth golfers started on the 10th hole today, and Bednarz got off to a quick start with a pair of birdies on the first two holes. A bogey on 12 and a birdie on 17 left him at two-under at the turn, and after five straight pars he birdied six. Although he double-bogeyed seven, he righted the ship for the last two holes by shooting par and sits at one-under for the tournament in a tie for 24th.
The Big Green leader after the first round, sophomore John Lazor, nearly matched his first-round effort through 16 holes at two-under par with three birdies and just one bogey. But he found trouble on the par-3 eighth hole, taking a double bogey before missing par on the ninth to end his round with a one-over 73. Yet Lazor is just outside the top 20 individuals with his 142 (-2) in a tie for 21st.
Senior Jeff Lang provided the hole of the tournament thus far for Dartmouth during his round. After starting the day with two birdies and four pars, he found himself one-over after 14 holes. But Lang dropped an eagle on the 483-yard par-5 sixth hole, and after bogeying eight, wound right back at even par with a 72. Combined with his 73 from the first round, he is tied for 38th with a one-over 145 along with classmate Sean Fahey who shot a 73 today with three birdies and four bogeys.
Also competing for the team was junior Ian Kelsey who carded a 76 (+4) with seven bogeys and three birdies after shooting even par yesterday.
Freshman Riley Griffin, playing as an individual, rebounded on Saturday to shoot even par with a consistent day of a dozen pars, three birdies and three bogeys.
Wofford’s Andrew Novak had the best round of the day with a 66 (-6) to take a four-stroke lead over Harvard’s Kendrick Vinar and the first-round leader, Brett Barron of Georgia Southern, who could not find the magic that allowed him to shoot a nine-under 63 yesterday.
The final round of the Furman Intercollegiate will begin tomorrow morning.